|Office: 23-A Hartwell Hall|
|Phone: (585) 395-5491|
Hello, I am Arthur Graham and I am a faculty member of the department. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am also the department academic advisor, the Hartwell Hall REL/HLS Computer Lab coordinator, and co-chair of the department's Assessment Committee. My duties as academic advisor include advising all students in this major concerning curriculum issues and working closely with the faculty on recruitment and curriculum issues.
Being an educator is my second career. For the first 20 years of my working life I worked in the field of communications/electronics. In 1989, I took the fateful step of leaving my comfortable job as a manufacturing engineer to explore my options. I found myself taking courses in recreation at my local comunity college. I obtained an associates in Applied Science and found that I desired more. In 1992, I entered the Recreation and Leisure Studies program at SUNY Cortland, graduating in 1994. I was recruited by Eastern Kentucky University to be a graduate assistant in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration. While there I focused my studies on local and regional planning and employee safety and health. I graduated with a Master of Science in Recreation and Park Administration in August 1995. In December 1995 I was invited to join the faculty at SUNY Brockport as an adjunct member. In 2000 I joined the faculty as a full-time member. My teaching load includes REL211, REL302, REL414/514, REL416 and REL435. I have in the past taught REL312, REL602 and HST330.
As I reflect on the first half of my life, I have few comments to share that are I think are pertinent to my current career. First, I wish someone had presented recreation, parks and leisure as a career option to me after I left high school. I was a Boy Scout for nine years and my parents took my brother and me on regular camping trips and outings, instilling in both of us (unwittingly) a strong leisure ethic. Additionally, I have been a user of parks and consumer recreation services all of my life. As a result, when I entered this field, I realized it was where I belonged all along. Second, for the teaching aspect. When I entered this profession, like all undergraduates, I did not know the area I wanted to concentrate in. However, in retrospect, teaching was my destiny. I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others. In the Boy Scouts, I shared my skills with younger scouts rather than spent time with my peers. While in the U.S.A.F., I was my section training NCO. Today, I get a great amount of pleasure from teaching.
Theorists argue that work cannot be leisure; they are at opposite ends of the spectrum. And they are correct. But, I will argue that I am currently experiencing virtually all of the characteristics normally attributable to leisure.
I encourage you to contact me to discuss the opportunities. My phone number is (585) 395-5491. Or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am most happy to speak with you!!!